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Angers Travel Guide, France

Angers Travel Guide – The Feel of the Region

This Angers travel guide will give you all the essential information you need to know when travelling there. It is located on the banks of the river Maine in the northwestern France, about 300 kilometers from the capital Paris. It is located in the historical French region of Anjou in the Maine-et-Loire department and has become the most important urban centre of the Anjou area. Just before Maine flows into the Loire you can find the city of Angers, at a fairly equal distance from Tours and Nantes. This place is full of history and has amazing sunny landscapes and lots of vineyards which produce some of the best wines in the world. Dating back from the Roman times, the city of Angers occupies both sides of the Maine and displays six beautiful bridges. With a population of 157.000, it retains both a tranquil historical atmosphere and the feel of an old town which became a touristic destination due to the excellent services it provides.

Angers Travel Guide – The Local Culture

Angers has a very long history and an important legacy to prove it, starting with the most impressive monument of the city, the ancient massive castle Chateau d’Angers. This dates back to the 9th century and is still part of the French military, having the unique characteristic of never having been conquered by any opposing forces. Angers is also a very important centre for tapestries and has been so for many centuries. It hosts the tapestries of the Apocalypse (14th century) and from 1960 to the present it became a focal point in contemporary tapestry. The city is also known as the “most flowered city in Europe” as it displays an incredible variety of live and cut flowers. These can be admired in one of the many jardins in the city and in the stunning botanical garden, which are all landmarks for the culture of Angers.

Angers Travel Guide – Economical Aspects

The quarries of slate that surround the city and built most rooftops in Angers give it the nickname “the black city”, as it is known in most Angers travel guides. This has been supporting the economy for a very long time but there are also other peculiarities which give Angers its income. Edouard Cointreau, an Angers native, was the first to distill liqueur out of oranges and the recipe for the Cointreau liqueur has been kept ever since, being unique all over the world. Other activities in the city include the making of shoes, umbrellas, sail cloth and fabrics as well as machine construction and the more recent manufacturing of lorries and computers. There is also research in horticulture and biotechnologies, all related to the fertile soil that surrounds the city.

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